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Arsenal have agreed to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia, as Unai Emery brings in own backroom staff, according to reports in France.
Garcia is highly rated in the French capital and appears set to follow Emery to North London.
The pair have been together for years, having first worked at Sevilla, with French outlet RMC confirming the move has happened.
Coach Garcia is said to have been the man behind PSG No1’s Alphonse Areola’s dramatic upturn in form last season.
Areola usurped Kevin Trapp to become the Parisien’s first option last season and is now being chased by a host of European giants, including Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Emery is hoping to raid former club Sevilla for goalkeeper Sergio Rico, 24, to replace veteran Petr Cech ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany stopper Bernd Leno, 26, was thought to be Emery’s first choice stopper.
But reports in Spain say new Gunners boss Emery wants Rico after managing him at Sevilla in 2014.
La Liga star Rico, who has one cap for Spain, was already expected to exit his home country this summer.
And now Arsenal appear favourites to land the 6ft 5ins keeper, who is under contract until 2021.